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CSPAN
Sep 13, 2012 12:00pm EDT
makes plain that discrimination is not the policy of these united states. it says no program funded by federal vawa dollars can turn away a domestic violence victim because of their sexual orientation or their gender identity, whether the victim is gay or straight, american indian, white, black or latino, in my view, madam president, and in the view of so many in this chamber, they deserve protection from abuse and justice for their abusers. there are two other important changes in this vawa reauthorization as passed through the senate. both of which help ensure we bring perpetrators to justice no national who their victims are or where the claims are committed. these help law enforcement to secure needed testimony from victims who are unwilling to come forward due to reasonable fears of deportation. so in total, all three of these important changes to the substance and scope of vawa i think strengthen it, i think carry forward its initial spirit and i think are completely appropriate things for this senate and the house to do in our every five-year reconsideration and reauthorizati
CSPAN
Sep 13, 2012 9:00am EDT
the united states then you are going to need something like this space station partnership and the confidence building that has already taken place to also participate in that mission and so there is a policy issue that you may wish to consider and that is that as people renegotiate the international space station partnership, you could add to it some goals that are related to the development of the technology from beyond lao exploration to the space station partnership so that they began to develop an awareness of the really great challenges and technical challenges that will face all of us as we tried to get to mars and we begin to enlist them in the effort. and that could -- i don't know whether that would serve as a precursor for the partnership we have built but it certainly would build -- be a confidence builder and i think it would help start the process off in a way that is useful to the united states. >> one other comment i would add to that is, we are all aware that the space station was nearly canceled within one vote, and a lot of people have said one of the main reason
CSPAN
Sep 13, 2012 5:00pm EDT
the congress of the united stateing atelling us that you can't cut any -- united states telling us that you can't cut any place. in fact, there was a winter in 1978-1979, better known as the winter of discontent. as a result of the inability of several different prime ministers to take the difficult steps necessary to turn things around, many pundits started to speculate that britain had become ungovernable. there were even many british politicians who had decided that the best they could accomplish was to manage the economic and political decline of america. and we hear the terms in the united states of a new norm. i hope we aren't getting into that same attitude that the british had in the 1970's. but they had a leader that came along by the name of o margaret thatcher. she utterly rejected the notion that decline was an option. in fact, she was famous for repeating the phrase -- quote -- "there is no alternative." so i would like to take those words, "there is no alternativ alternative," as a guiding point for us in the congress, republican or democrat, that we've got to do some
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